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March 18, 2011    

Be Sure to Fill Out Your Parent Satisfaction Survey
Please take some time to complete the Parent/Guardian Satisfaction Survey which you should have received last week in your family’s primary email. The survey window closes on Friday, March 25. This confidential survey, administered by SureVista, will give our administration and Board valuable feedback for their long-range planning. If you did not receive an email link, please contact Barb Frost via email or 630-562-7546 and she’ll make sure you receive one.
 
Project LEAD Book Drive
The Project LEAD Local team has organized a book drive that has begun and will conclude on March 25. Bring all books in good condition and drop them off in the bookshelf located across from the Front Office. All appropriate books for adult or children are greatly appreciated. All books will be donated to local schools in need!

Deadline for Yearbook Senior Ads
Senior Parents: The deadline for Yearbook Senior Ads is coming up quickly! The yearbook staff will be accepting them until March 25. Please do not miss this opportunity to congratulate your graduate in their final WA yearbook. Send your information by mail to Jim Holtrop or by email to yearbook@wheatonaccademy.org.
  
Golf for WA - Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wheaton Academy is pleased to announce our 11th Annual Alumni & Friends Booster Scramble on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. Register your foursome today for $500 (or yourself for $125); all proceeds benefit WA's scholarship fund. Registration/lunch/putting contest start at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Click here to download a registration form. Not a golfer? We also need volunteers to staff the event and area businesses to sign on as sponsors. Contact Nikki Daniels via email or 630-562-7580 for information.
 
Save the Date for the Baccalaureate Service
All seniors and their families are invited to the first annual Baccalaureate Service on June 3. The service will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude around 8:00 p.m. The service will include a time of student sharing, worship, prayer, and an address by a special speaker. Contact Andrew Tink with questions.

Don't Forget to Sign Up for Driver's Education
In an effort to accommodate student schedules and extracurricular activities, Excel Driving School is now offering after school driver’s education courses at Wheaton Academy. Two courses will be offered each semester that will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The next available session will run from April 4 to May 5, 2011. For information on class schedules, pricing and availability, please call 630-983-9235 or visit http://www.exceldrivingschool.com/. Gift certificates are available as well and make a great present for a 15-year-old.
 
Summer Ceramics
Once again this summer, in addition to the regular summer ceramics class, we will have a ceramics class for the extended WA community – parents and friends, faculty, any alumni or even graduating seniors who never had time to take ceramics during their four years, (or did, but can’t get enough). Now is your chance to learn wheel and handbuilding techniques. This class will run June 6 – 17, and space will be limited. Mark your calendars and watch for sign up/registration information coming soon! Contact Melissa Euler via email for more information.
 
Concert Choir Tour "Send-Off" Concert
The Wheaton Academy Concert Choir will be kicking off their annual tour this year with a Send-Off Concert on Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held in the white Chapel on campus, not in the Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature songs that explore themes of "joy and sorrow." Admission is free.
 
A Special Note About the Musical Mugs
The Beauty & the Beast mugs are not dishwasher safe; please be sure to wash by hand.
 
Freshmen Academy
WA is committed to nurturing growth in our students through relationships, excellence and service to the glory of God. Freshmen Academy was created to be an integral part of Wheaton Academy’s mission by providing incoming freshmen support and encouragement in their transition to high school. Attending Freshmen Academy will provide freshmen students with the critical skills to succeed academically, socially, and spiritually while attending Wheaton Academy. Click here for more details and registration.
 
Did You Get Your WA Car Magnet?
For those of you who were unable to attend Curriculum Night last month – parents of seniors, this includes you! - we have a WA car magnet available for each current school family (one per family, please). Stop by the Front Office any time before Spring Break to pick yours up and proudly display your school spirit wherever you drive! Questions? Contact Nikki Daniels.
 
Happenings at WA on Facebook
Like Wheaton Academy on Facebook, and check out what's happening at WA!

 
Student Services

 
2011 Course Request Approval – Due Friday, March 25
Please watch for an important and time sensitive mailing early next week containing your student(s) course requests for 2011-2012. In this mailing you will find a copy of the course requests for your files and an original that needs to be signed by the parent and the student and returned to Student Services by Friday, March 25. Please read the instructions and change policy carefully. Don’t forget to mail/drop off this form to Student Services before you begin your well deserved Spring Break!
 
Summer Academy Classes are Filling Up!
Have you visited our website to see what Summer Academy classes are being offered this summer? If your student is interested in taking a class this summer, spots are still available. Registration information is in the Student Services section of the website and also on the main page Summer Academy button.
 
The 2011-2012 Curriculum Guide is online
We encourage parents and students to review the 2011-2012 Curriculum Guide found on our website under Academics. Our 2011-2012 Curriculum Guide will help familiarize you with course offerings, prerequisites, graduation requirements, Wheaton Academy grading system/credit information…and so much more. Many of your questions can be answered by reviewing this informative document.

ACT Prep
There are a variety of options for preparation for the ACT. The course taught by WA teachers begins April 25 and runs through May. A small group ACT study course (limit 5) is being offered through Ignite beginning the week of April 4. Their website is www.igniteprogress.com. Other local prep options are available. The College & Career section of the WA website has more information on test prep.  

Upcoming College Rep Visits
Parents, when college reps come to visit WA, it is a great opportunity for students to learn more about these colleges – but also about colleges in general. Encourage your sons and daughters to stop by and meet these reps when they’re at WA.
Today at lunch: Quincy U
March 22: North Central U (MN)
March 23: Ashford U (IA)
March 24: Samford U (AL), Dordt College (IA)
Coming in April: Calvin College (for accepted seniors), U of Maine
 
College Fair
The Illinois College Exposition will take place Monday, March 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Recreation Center at North Central College in Naperville. Over 200 colleges and universities will be in attendance.
 
AP Registration
Today, March 18 is the deadline to register for Advanced Placement exams. Registration takes place via the WA website. For further information, contact Dan Crabtree.
 
Students – Looking for a Job?
Connect with local businesses looking for part-time employees at the KidsMatter Student Job Fair. The fair will be Wednesday, March 23 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Merner Field House at North Central College. 
  
Parent Seminars - TWO Seminars Offered on Saturday 3/19
Tomorrow we are pleased to offer TWO seminars for our WA parents (Saturday, March 19). If you are interested in attending one of the seminars listed below, please R.S.V.P. to Seminars@wheatonacademy.org. Please specify in your email which seminar you wish to attend so we can plan accordingly.
How to Prepare for a Highly Selective College
Presented by: Dan Crabtree, WA College Counselor and Kori Hockett, WA Assistant Principal
Saturday, March 19, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Some students set their sights on applying to highly selective colleges. This session explores the processes and expectations of selective college admission and how to best prepare for them.
 
What is and is Not Normal in Teenage Emotions and Behaviors?
Presented by: Chris Mazarella, Psy.D., LCPC, Heritage Professional Associates
Saturday, March 19, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
This session will explore the turbulent and confusing nature of teenage emotions and behaviors. We will look at normal teenage emotions and behaviors as well as problematic emotions and behaviors. We will also discuss depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD as well as other issues common to teenagers.
 

Athletics

 
Up-to-Date Game Results
The most up-to-date game results and summaries are available on the athletics website
  
Summer Athletic Camp Schedule
Registration for Athletic Summer Camps is NOW OPEN. Visit the Athletic Summer Camp Web Page for the full schedule, camp policies, descriptions, and more. We are offering 24 camp opportunities with something available for students of all ages and skill levels. If you have any questions please contact the Athletic Department at athletics@wheatonacademy.org.
 
 
 

Web Resource of the Week 


The Parent Portal
The Wheaton Academy website is valuable resource to the Wheaton Academy community and we would like to take the time to highlight a new useful feature every week. One of the features of the new website is the Parent Portal. Access Moodle, WA Web, Instant Alert, information on parent prayer groups, and much more. Click here to visit your Parent Portal. 
 
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